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'Hope' chases out 'Dippy' as star of London museum

'Hope' chases out 'Dippy' as star of London museum

The museum posted a time-lapse video of its installation of an entire blue whale skeleton, and even from a distance, it's incredible.

Kate's glow was the ideal accessory, and she chose to forgo any jewellery every or a tiara for the Museum's Gala event.

The 82ft-long mammal, called Hope, is suspended from the Hintze Hall ceiling and was unveiled by the duchess and TV naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

Kate, who styled her new short 'do in loose curls, wore a pale blue Preen dress by designer Thornton Bregazzi and sky-high Prada sandals with wavy straps that she first wore during her royal tour of India a year ago.

In a rare speech at the opening, the Duchess said she had loved visiting the museum as a child.

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"I am experiencing the joy all over again with my own children, who adore coming here, and it is not just to see the T-Rex mind you", she said of the museum which is less than a mile from Kensington Palace.

The blue whale skeleton replaces the museum's much loved "Dippy, the Diplodocus" skeleton, which is soon to go on a UK-wide tour.

Hope came to the museum shortly after it opened in 1881.

Hope is now centre stage in Hintze Hall, along with 10 other "wonder bay" exhibits that represent the history of the Earth.

Hope is not the only new specimen in Hintze Hall.

The new displays aim to cover the history of Earth, with a meteorite dating back 4.5 billion years, a full skeleton of a Mastodon, and a 120 million year old Mantellisaurus which was discovered on the Isle of Wight in 1917.





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